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Rilla of Ingleside (Children's continuous series) Paperback – 1 Nov 1985

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Product details

  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; 2nd edition (1 Nov. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553269224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553269222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne's children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can't think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome
Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.

About the Author

Lucy Maud Montgomery was one of the most famous Canadian writers of the twentieth century. She is best known for her books for young adults, particularly Anne of Green Gables and its six sequels.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island on November 30, 1874. Raised by her maternal grandparents, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown and obtained her teaching certificate. She later studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She eventually married Ewan Macdonald, a Presbyterian minister, whom she had 3 sons with. She published 12 books in her career and countless journals. Montgomery died in Toronto in 1942.

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Rilla of Ingleside continues the adventures of Anne's children, the youngest, Rilla is left at home whilst her brothers go to fight in WW1. The book is sensitive and moving, portraying the feelings of the young girl and her family left behind in Prince Edward Island. If you liked the other "Anne" books then this one is a must, although it is much more sombre than the others, I believe that it is the best, and you won't want to put it down!
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It is certainly hard to begin reading "Rilla of Ingleside," knowing it is the eighth and final book in the Anne of Green Gables series. The focus is on Rilla, born Bertha Marilla Blythe, the youngest of Anne's daughters, who is named for Anne Shirley's mother and the woman who took her in at Green Gables as a redheaded orphan. As the novel begins Rilla is fifteen years old and still looking forward to her first romance. But the novel takes a dramatic turn as the shadow of the First World War reaches all the way to Ingleside and sends a grief stricken Mrs. Blythe to her bed, but also a wonderful moment when Rilla sees her mother with eyes shinning and looking like a young girl.
American involvement in that war was relatively brief, compared to what was happening with the rest of the world, so what I found fascinating is to see that war from the Canadian perspective, as it drags on year after year. "Rilla of Ingleside" was published in 1921, which means that L. M. Montgomery provided a contemporaneous account of the war as seen from the Canadian home front. Two of Anne's children, Jem and Walter, as well as Rilla's beau Kenneth Ford, head off to France, where they suffer as all young men suffer in wars. But we learn of all this second-hand as we see the impact of the war on the mothers, sisters and girls who were left behind to worry about Paris being shelled by the Germans along with the fate of the Empire and their loved ones.
This gives "Rilla of Ingleside" an emotional depth unmatched in Montgomery's work by virtue of the fact we are talking about life and death in a world at war.
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By A Customer on 19 Oct. 2003
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Rilla of Ingleside is my favorite of the Anne of Green Gables serie. Although I can't really say it belongs to the serie. It's different, mainly because the main caracter, Rilla, is so different from her mother, Anne Shirley and because the subject is far more realistic then the other books who seem to belong to another world, that is why I consider Rilla of Ingleside to be at the same time the best of the serie and also apart from it. It shows how hard it was for women to stay home while their husband, sweetheart, son or brother were fighting.
I recommend this book, not only to fans of Anne Shirley but also to anybody who wants to cry, laugh and smile.
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I had read the first seven books of the Anne of Green Gables series. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh books were gradually getting more and more boring, but I decided to read on. Rilla of Ingleside is by far the best of the series. I rarely feel emotion over books, but this one positively sent chills up my spine-especially the chapter entitled "And So, Goodnight". This book was happy, sad, joyful, and tragic all at once. In this book, the author describes Kenneth Ford's love letters to Rilla as "never growing flat or insipid with ever so many scores of readings". That's how I'd describe this book. This is a must-read, especially for girls about to undergo the change from child to woman. Happy reading! =)
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I have read every one of the "Anne of Green Gables" Series, and even though all are amazing, this is one of my favorites! It moved me deeply and it will probably move you to. The setting is WWI, and Rilla, Anne's youngest daughter has to face the hardships of war. When, her loved ones go off to fight on the Western Front, Rilla is there in the Glen raising a war-baby, organizing the Junior Red Cross, but most of all, having faith! It made me cry, but a happy feeling, too! Rilla wiil never been the same, and either will I!
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By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2001
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Rilla of Ingleside concludes the Anne of Green Gables series. Whilst it is a must for readers of the other Anne books it can also stand alone as an excellent book in it's own right. I defy even the most hardhearted not to cry when reading it and the story is made even more poignant by the fact that real people found themselves in these situations during the First World War. The tragedy is nicely tempered by comedy, mainly provided by Susan and Rilla becomes a character whom the reader really cares about as the book progresses. I sometimes regret the fact that we don't hear more from the other members of the Ingleside family but I think that the book would lose it's intensity if that were the case. A book I will still be reading years from now.
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I have always enjoyed reading the Anne of Green Gables books.I first discovered them as a child of ten,in the school library.Rilla of Ingleside is no doubt my favourite.I am nearly 28 now and this book has grown with me.My heart still feels for the Blythes and Merediths as their menfolk leave for war,I am still heartbroken when Walter dies,and still admire Rilla,adopting her war baby whilst still only a child herself.I can picture Susan chasing off old Whiskers on the moon and playing gooseberry when Ken Ford calls to see Rilla.If i had a daughter i would hope that she would read this book,and the others before it.This is a wonderful book to close the Anne series with,and definitely the most grown up!
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